The lovely and gracious Enid hosted a Pampered Chef party today at her house, and was kind enough to invite me and a bunch of the other San Antonio stitch-n-bitchers. I’d never been to one of these before, so I was curious. It turned out to be a lot of fun.
The PC representative who ran the party, Gena, clearly knew what she was doing, and she made a microwaved risotto dish which showcased several of the cool kitchen gadgets that PC sells. The chopper was especially interesting, and the knives all looked good.
I’m a little torn when it comes to kitchen gadgets. I’m a process cooker – I like taking my time in the kitchen. I realize that most people who cook don’t have this luxury, so having gadgets and recipes that speed things up makes a lot of sense. The recipe that Gene prepared was an excellent example – risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and Italian sausage prepared in the microwave. I’ve been on a risotto kick lately, so I was a little skeptical about the microwave preparation. But the end product was impressive, and very practical. Working by herself and talking constantly to everyone at the party, she had it done and ready to serve in half an hour.
When I got home, I started duplicating the recipe in my freshly-cleaned kitchen, but I made the risotto on the stove. I think the end result was only slightly better than the microwave version – if my main point was feeding several people and I was pressed for time, I’d have no problem using the microwave.
Also, I just remembered that I did in fact snap a picture of the scarf that I knit for Enchanting Juno as I was blocking it. This is the first lace project that I’ve ever properly blocked, I think, and I was really happy with how it turned out. The pattern is the Matthew Scarf from Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a hot plate of risotto with my name on it.